Those who have read my articles for the gaming section before will know my love for the Kingdom Hearts series by Square Enix. Square have recently announced the latest instalment of the series known as ‘Melody of Memory’ which is a rhythm-based game that allows players to experience the music of Kingdom Hearts in a unique way. However, I wasn’t overly excited over the gameplay dynamic of this instalment. I’m a gamer who prefers games that have a well written narrative that allows you to become immersed in the game itself and wills you to play further to explore more of the story. This is something the Kingdom Hearts Series has been really good at doing which is why I was surprised when I found out that ‘Melody of Memory’ was a rhythm- based game, steering away from their traditional gaming setup.
However, knowing the Kingdom Hearts series the way I do I knew that there would be an added element to the structure of this game, and I was proven right with the recent trailer released for this instalment. ‘Melody of Memory’ will be a rhythm based game celebrating the beautiful music from the series whilst also continuing the narrative running through ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ AND finally allowing players to know the origin story of Kairi, Sora’s best friend (or love interest depending on how you look at their relationship).
This is one of the rare occasions where I have conflicted thoughts and feelings when it comes to a game part of the Kingdom Hearts saga. Whilst I am not overly excited of the rhythm based structure ‘Melody of Memory’ will be using or using older character designs yet I am really interested in how ‘Melody of Memory’ will progress the narrative of the series and the information it will reveal in regards to Kairi’s origin story; filling in the gaps there are still left. I suppose I will have to wait until November to see how I feel when I’ve actually played some of the game and whether or not I am being heavily critical or will feel exactly the same as I do now.